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The Mold in Dr. Florey's Coat: The Story of the Penicillin Miracle

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  • Title: The Mold in Dr. Florey's Coat: The Story of the Penicillin Miracle
  • Author: Eric Lax
  • ISBN: 9780805077780
  • Page: 406
  • Format: Paperback

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791 Comments

  1. This book is an excellent story of a bizarre yet ultimately life saving invention in dire times, a story that features both history and science combined.


  2. While I am unlikely to reread this book, the author made this book both enjoyable and informative The painstaking research is obvious and the author clearly put a great deal of effort into making this informative read a good one.I am now a huge Florey fan as well what an interesting portrait of a little known man of science.


  3. I found the story of the development of penicillin very interesting, and was surprised to realise how the development and availability of the drug was up against such odds,that it really was only by the perseverance of men like Florey and his team that we have benefitted from this drug in the past 60 odd years No doubt the human element to the story and the insight to the men s personalities is mainly drawn from correspondence and the author s interviews with Heatley so although that could have [...]


  4. This book needed fungus and fewer petulant, childish scientists fact, don t most things benefit from fungus and fewer petulant, childish scientists But, sometimes we have to deal with the mold we re given, not the mold we want The story of penicillin isn t quite what I thought I thought there was this guy named Flemming, and he was culturing bacteria in a lab and mold accidentally got into it and he noticed it killed the bacteria and poof the wonder drug penicillin was born Well, I guess it s [...]


  5. Amazing book Many people know that the bacteriologist Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin through a serendipitous event in his laboratory, but very few know the story of how that discovery led to the product that we use today The story of how Dr Howard Florey and his team extracted, purified and determined appropriate dosage and means of delivery during World War II is unbelievable The author spins a beautiful true story that is hard to put down and will give you a new appreciation for what [...]



  6. A wonderfully written story of a series of essentially lucky accidents that ended up saving millions of lives.


  7. When I was two, I fell or was pushed by my brothers off our piano bench The result was a bout with osteomyelitis, and the cure was massive doses of penicillin some 200 shots in my ass, for which I still have the marks to prove my case to any disbelievers Thus I was drawn to this book by Eric Lax, a fascinating true tale of the discovery of this wonder antibiotic I m always fascinating with books about the discovery of something and this book rewards the reader with a marvelous story The layman m [...]


  8. This is an excellent book that covers the development of Penicillin during world war II and the interwar years Dr Fleming was the first to discover the penicillin properties but never really was able to develop it He would wind up with much of the credit and the Nobel Prize but the real work went to Dr Florey and his research lab at oxford They took the penicillin broth and turned it into the injections and powders that saved countless lives during World War II It was American production that as [...]


  9. Very interesting, well written, the author brings in all the personalities involved with the discovery of penicillin And those personalities made all the difference in the story Alexander Fleming is credited with the discovery of the mold, which he did But it was almost impossible to extract in a form that was potent for disease Fleming gave up Dr Howard W Florey saw the potential and knew what kind of a team it would take to make it work It was teamwork Only 3 people received the Nobel prize fo [...]


  10. This book is almost entirely biography and politics, and has almost no science For example the structure of Penicillin is never shown, and how it acts to actually kill bacteria is never discussed But huge parts of the book are dedicated to politics around the Nobel prize, the challenges in getting funding, the life stories do the scientists involved But not one sentence on why Penicillin actually works It seems like the author set out to show that Florey and his team didn t get enough credit, bu [...]


  11. Eric Lax, biographer of Woody Allen and Paul Newman, tells a riveting tale of the uncelebrated in The Mold in Dr Florey s Coat Critics generally praise his focus on the personalities behind the science, especially his treatment of Heatley, a heretofore anonymous chemist who was passed over for the 1945 Nobel Prize won by Fleming, Florey, and Ernst Chain Reviewers disagree about Lax s balance between hard scientific information and personal history a few critics wished for science at the expense [...]


  12. A well written account of the discovery of penicillin and how it was turned into the first viable antibiotic for widespread use against infections.Intriguing story, that give due to those scientists whose invaluable work transformed penicillin into a usable antibiotic History has credited Alexander Fleming with the discovery, but has neglected to elevate those scientists who actually figured out the secrets of how to turn the antibiotic properties of the mold into a usable drug.The story s drama [...]


  13. Non Fiction is not really my thing This book was pretty good Lots of details about the people but the interesting story is the the actual product development Of course the argument over who deserved and or got most the credit is also interesting I flew through it as I really could care less about some guys kids or some other guys wife and or mistress The parts of the story as to how things actually SOMEHOW got done in the 1940s is pretty disturbing Bottom line, my boss gave it to me to read, it [...]


  14. Phil Evans, Professor, Wood Science recommends .The Mold in Dr Florey s Coat The Story of the Penicillin Miracle by Eric LaxWhy is this a favourite book This is a fascinating account of the discovery of penicillin and the main actors involved and their all too familiar human failings Everyone knows that Fleming discovered penicillin , but I was attracted to the book because it promised to set the record straight by describing Florey and Chains involvement in the discovery By the end my sympathie [...]


  15. This book tells the story of WW2 and the development of penicillin Sounds boring, it s not Eric Lax is a terrific story teller When I first looked at this book I could not imagine how he was able to fill so many pages with one micro history story Well, by the time I had finished reading it I did not want the book to end It is a soap opera of characters and events Absolutely great reading I have read another book on the history of penicillin that was a yawner This is a great book for anyone to re [...]


  16. Wonderful story I am amazed by the fact that Fleming discovered penicillin, but actually didn t really do much than that I loved reading the details of Howard Florey and his colleagues while they worked on and developed the means in order to make penicillin a useful drug One thing that I wish the author did was go into the science chemistry of how penicillin destroys bacteria I also loved the title of the book, given that it is a spin on what the scientists actually had to do to protect their [...]


  17. An inspiring story of how a few scientists in Oxford, England, during the Blitz invented the mechanism for purifying penicillin, using equipment made from scavenged parts and hand blown glassware, and then performed the initial tests on a few brave human subjects The chief scientist Florey then flew to America to convince the giant pharma s to produce the new antibiotic Before war s end, America was producing enough to treat every wounded soldier And all done without a patent.


  18. An excellent, if somewhat exhaustive account of the discovery and development of Penicillin.I picked this up because I was interested in the science I had to wade through a lot of passages about Alexander Fleming s athletic prowess, Howard Florey s marriage problems and Ernst Chains personality issues.Still, a very well researched book on a critical human discovery.


  19. Very interesting account of not so much the discovery of penicillin, but the monumental effort required by a somewhat overlooked group of scientists to scale up production and test it during the shortages and frustrations of England during the second World War Cheers to Florey, Chain, Heatley, the penicillin girls and others who brought us into the antibiotic era.


  20. I set this book down for too long while reading others because it wasn t particularly gripping and now I ve forgotten too much about the people and facts I ve already read to keep going It was very interesting in parts, mildly boring in others, but probably a decent book I got nearly halfway through it.


  21. Read for my theory class As in many cases of scientific discovery, it appears that credit has not been given where credit is due This story was a great example of how persistence paid off in the end.


  22. This book was much harder to get into than I anticipated Around chapter 8, the race to produce enough penicillin starts and things get interesting But I still prefer Demon Under the Microscope, about the discovery of sulpha drugs.


  23. It is about the discovery of penicillin It is nonfiction It took me forever to get through but I was determined to finish it The information was interesting but truthfully it was really boring in parts






  24. My Mom s life is particularly much better than it would have been had it not been for penicillin, so there s that Then, this sounds interesting looking forward to reading sometime



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